About Mullingar

About Mullingar

The Mullingar Half Marathon is an annual event in the heart of Mullingar town. Why not stay pre or post the race and enjoy some of the many activities, attractions and events Mullingar has to offer over Race weekend. Mullingar is a truly unique place to live or visit, with something for everyone – a fantastic community spirit, magical music & arts scene, stunning lakes, great shopping, along with attractions & activities to suit every age…and much much more!

Old Rail Trail

Ideal for lovers of the outdoors, this spectacular 42km cycle path takes you from Mullingar to Athlone. A converted stretch of the Midlands Great Western Railway carved through rick fertile farmland, the Old Rail Trail Greenway leads visitors through the very heart of Ireland. Mullingar to Castletown is 11.4km and mostly flat with gentle slopes. Suitable for family groups of all ages and all types of bikes. The Greenway follows the old railway through sheltered countryside, surrounded by trees and meets the Royal Canal.


Whether you’re into paddling, walking, cycling or simply hooked on the outdoors, make your Blueway trip on the Royal Canal one to remember. The Royal Canal Blueway offers users 23km of tranquil, peaceful paddling experience. Start from your base at the Activity Zone in Mullingar Harbour and paddle west to Ballinea Slip where there are services and facilities on hand for a picnic break before returning or paddle on towards Coolnahay Harbour, a beautiful picturesque site where wild camping is available. This is the perfect day trip. Alternatively, travel east to McNead’s Bridge where you’ll find yourself on the doorstep of Mary Lynch’s pub for a bite of food before returning to Mullingar Harbour. Mullingar Harbour to McNead’s Bridge Distance: 12 km Duration: 4hrs Difficulty: Easy Car Parking available at Mullingar Harbour and McNead’s Bridge with access to Blueway at slipway/jetty. Mullingar Harbour to Ballinea Slip Distance: 7 km Duration: 4 hrs Difficulty: Easy Car Parking available at Mullingar Harbour and at Ballinea Slip. Ballinea Slip to Coolnahay South (Lock 26) Distance: 4 km Duration: 1hr 20 mins Difficulty: Easy Car Parking available at Ballinea Slip and Coolnahay Harbour. Service facilities along with further recreational activities available at the Mullingar Activity Zone. Located in Mullingar Harbour, the Activity Zone is the ideal location to begin your Blueway adventure. Hire a bike from Mullingar Bike Hire or make a splash out on the water with Outdoor Sports.

Where To Eat

Mullingar is a hive of activity with fantastic restaurants, pubs and live music on every night over Race weekend. Whether it’s a quiet drink you prefer, good food, traditional music or a live band Mullingar has everything you need.

Esquires Coffee House

Esquires Coffee is all about exceptional coffee and superior customer service in a warm and friendly, environment at the upstairs of Dunnes Stores.

Annebrook Hotel

The Annebrooke Hotel have delicious food in the hotel bar, as well as a separate restaurant known throughout Westmeath. Accommodation also available.


The kids will love a post race
treat in McDonalds which offers a variety of healthy meal options and is walking distance to the finish line.

Where To Stay

Mullingar has a variety of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. With the Annebrook House hotel on the doorstep of the start and finish line of the Mullingar Half Marathon, it is the ideal location to base yourself for a nights stay. There are other hotel and B&B options within the town as well on the outskirts of town on route to beautiful attractions and lakes.